Giants-Redskins: Tough Game Looming for Big Blue

Michael SamuelSenior Analyst INovember 29, 2008

I have not published an article about my beloved Giants because, unfortunately, my computer crashed and took forever to be fixed.

The Giants will go into Landover, MD tomorrow and will try and beat the Redskins at home, who will be honoring the late Sean Taylor, who will be the 43rd member inducted into the Redskins' ring of honor. 

The Giants will have to slow down the rushing attack of Clinton Portis, who was the closest with Taylor.  Portis should be inspired to have a great game, but the Giants will look to slow down Clinton Portis and back-up Ladell Betts and force Jason Campbell to take shots down the field to Santana Moss.

Last week Eli Manning had one of his best games as a starting QB while tossing three touchdowns and a QB ranking of over 120. This was all done without the services of WR Plaxico Burress for a vast majority of the game. 

Look for Eli to continue to spread the ball around to Amani Toomer, Kevin Boss and Domenick Hixon.  The Giants should also look to find as I call him "The Human Chain Mover" Steve Smith on third down, who always seems to come up with a big catch on third down.

If Brandon Jacobs is injured the Giants will try and throw the ball more if Derrick Ward and Ahmad Bradshaw are unable to get the running game going. Ward is averaging 5.0 yards per carry and of "Earth, Wind and Fire" he has the lowest yards per attempt to Jacobs 5.3 and Bradshaw's 6.7. 

Look for the Giants to get Fire involved more if Ward is unable to run on this Washington defense.

For the Giants on defense they need to pressure Campbell and force him to make mistakes, something he hasn't done for the most part all season long.  Even though the Giants only recorded one sack last week in Arizona, they still were able to harass QB Kurt Warner and make him think about the pressure that was looming.



The Giants should win this game 24-17 in a close one, led by another Eli Manning fourth quarter comeback.